In short: Slick organisation, beautiful autumn colours, local favourite In full: Last minute decision to enter as I ran the Greensand Marathon the week before and needed to see how legs were feeling before deciding to run, but entry on the day was quick and efficient. Lovely sociable run with plenty of crowd support, I like the fact that you go through the start/finish at 5 miles so get a huge cheer from the crowd there - pace definitely picked up at that point. Wonderful to see so many enthusiastic children manning the water stations instead of being stuck at home in front of their games consoles, even the rain didn't seem to worry them. Disapointing amount of litter on the route, I don't see why runners can't put their empty gel packets back in the pockets they came out of, or use them at the water stations and discard them in the bins there. Having said that there were a lot of beer cans lining the route that I guess weren't left by the runners! I wasn't very keen on the protective matting on the grassy section coming back into Barns Green after the first loop. I'm not sure if it was there to protect the grass from the runners, or the runners from the muddy grass, but it was very slippery and I would have preferred just running on the grass. Thank you to the organisers for another excellent race. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Lovely village race, with the whole community behind it In full: I read somewhere that Barns Green doubles it's population on race day, and I can well believe it. Quite a crowded start, but then I was just along for the miles, so started near the back. Despite the up and down of the course, it was still quick, and none of the hills were enough to bring you to a stop. Good marshaling, plenty of water, and a nice event village. Great support from the locals who turned out even in the drizzle. I'll be back one day, to try for a silver medal - preferably when I haven't already run a half earlier in the day. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: A Lovely village race In full: First time for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I hear the word "undulating" it usually means "hilly but we don't want to put you off". Barns Green on the other hand is gently undulating with no big hills to speak of. The organisation was excellent and there was a freindly feel about the place. Top marks. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: Love it! In full: Got PB despite the hills (they're al in the mind!) so on the look out for a flat race now. Big improvements on last year - apart from the cooling weather. Great organisation and a lovely scenic route. Well done to the organisers and thank you to all the marshals, this is a great race well worth travelling to. One little thing - could you put a few big bins on the route for people's empty gel packets, lucozade bottles, etc. Date of review: October 31, 2011
In short: one of the best races i,ve done this year In full: beautiful autumn scenery, wonderful organisation and well supported, nice atmosphere at the finish, if you haven't run this before, put it in your diary. Date of review: October 30, 2011
In short: Starting to creak at the seams a little? In full: My 4th successive BG Half and the race is slightly starting to be a victim of its own success. Rain is always a distinct possibility for an event at Oct/Nov, but the car parking arrangements really showed the strain this time. Also the marshals with the 'If you are going to take this long, line up HERE at the start' need to be much more visible - I lined up exactly in line with the 1:45 guy and was passing run-walkers in the first two miles...
BUT all that said, there's always a really good atmosphere and plenty of local support considering we're in the middle of nowhere. And I think I have finally managed to conquer my fear of the 9-11.5 hill!
In short: Terrible weather but good race In full: There were long queues for the car park even though I arrived well before race time. Parking was in a muddy field which with the heavy rain inevitably meant a lot of cars got stuck. The race itself was friendly and well organised and if the weather had been better an excellent day out. The course was good with some very challenging hills that seemed to go on forever. Everyone was friendly resulting in an excellent race atmosphere with a good mix of abilities. The medal was excellent and worth the effort of braving the conditions. All in all a good race which can only be improved by the weather. Date of review: November 8, 2010
In short: Fantastic race, one of favourite races of the year and I managed my all time pb - awesome. In full: As ever, the race was held during inclement weather but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the spectators or the runners. It soon cleared up and the course was as great as I remembered. Will definitely be back but I am not sure I will be able to run it quite as quickly as I did this time round!! One little gripe - the parking this year was treacherous and I nearly came a cropper on the way out - last years arrangements were better even tho we had to walk a little way to the start - I'd rather that than get stuck in a muddy field. Date of review: November 8, 2010